We wrote last week about the fact that we were reminded of some things in the BYU football win and, unfortunately, we were reminded of some of those same things against USF. I did not see that coming, but the bottom line is the team that controls the line of scrimmage usually wins the game. It sure did last Saturday.
The Seminoles do come off a good week of practice in preparation for Boston College with a chance to start off their ACC divisional race on the right foot. Many fans may have been surprised to learn that ESPN College Gameday will broadcast all day from our game. The network is giving prime time to the cause of Eagles linebacker Mark Herzlich who is missing his senior season after being diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma over the summer. Herzlich was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year last year and B.C. fans are staging a "gold-out" to promote the awareness of the effort to cure cancer. We have linked Herzlich's foundation on our Seminoles.com web page so FSU fans can support the same effort. You will also be proud to know that Seminole Boosters, Varsity Club, the Alumni Association and the FSU Foundation have combined to make a $9,400 donation (Herzlich wore jersey number 94) to his foundation.
What a terrific crowd at the USF game. Florida State fans did their part against the Bulls turning out for the first sellout of the year and embracing the white out. The Tallahassee Democrat published a complimentary letter to the editor from a USF fan who wrote glowingly of his experience with Seminole fans and staff. FSU Director of Athletics Randy Spetman also reports that he received a number of complimentary emails from visiting Bulls fans about the "experience" of a game at Doak. I understand he also received more than a few notes from FSU fans about that "experience." Hold together Seminoles!
FSU fans have another way to report a problem within Doak Campbell. Please be sure to write down this number 645-jerk (5375). You can call that number during a game to report an unruly fan, inappropriate behavior or any other issue you may need to bring to the attention of the FSU Police. In addition, the FSU PD has arranged for text version of the JERK line. You can text FSUFAN then 35842 and then text a message reporting a problem in the stands.
While we've got a chance to talk about Seminoles.com, our website was redesigned over the summer and re-launched just before the Miami game and it drew more visitors in September than it ever has in its history. The website is packed with information and the new video elements that are posted daily should be automatic viewing for every FSU fan.
FSU's volleyball program has been red hot of late, but the success dates back to the second half of last season. The Seminoles have won some remarkable matches already this year and are climbing the national polls. And the attention is not just local as ESPN.com ran a feature story on the Seminole volleyball program last week that you can still find on their site.
By the way, if you've not had a chance to watch our volleyball team play it's worth the price of admission, which admittedly is nothing, just to see senior Mira Djuric serve. She throws the ball nearly to the very ceiling of Tully Gym then hammers it down at the opponent...too cool!
Pink will be the color of choice for several Seminole teams over the weekend as swimming and diving will wear pink on Saturday and soccer on Sunday as part of the "Paint It Pink" awareness campaign in support of a cure for breast cancer.
Three cheers for ESPN which responded to a letter from your Director of Athletics who asked the network to consider not airing advertisements for the horror film Sorority Row during Florida State games in particular and all college events in general. The network understood FSU's sensitivity after the Chi Omega murders on this campus and agreed with the suggestion to pull the ads.
More coming on this later, but if you've wanted to see the men's basketball team on that old Tully Gym floor again - you'll want to be in Tallahassee on October 16. We will host a Fan Fest that will include a full men's practice that you can watch in Tully. Thankfully, we will not be wearing retro shorts.
Just one final thought for the week as Gameday will be on site at Boston College. I know that FSU fans often feel betrayed when alumnus Lee Corso is critical of the Seminoles on the air and some believe he is especially hard on us. That may be true because I can tell you from personal experience that he loves this University and our football program as much as anyone who has ever attended a class. And if we think we get a hard time at the water cooler on Monday morning, you should see what that guy goes through when we lose.